Germany’s border still closed for Serbian citizens

Serbian citizens, who have planned to travel to Germany from today will have to postpone their departure until further notice.

“The Commission of the European Union has recommended that Member States relax their movement restrictions to enter the European Union from 1 July. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has not yet decided whether to follow these recommendations. Therefore, the restrictions on entry into Germany still apply to Serbian nationals. We will promptly inform you of all changes on our website ( ) or via Facebook” is indicated in a post of the German Embassy in Belgrade.

Previously, EU leaders had published a recommendation that citizens of 14 countries should be able to travel freely to the EU member states from 1 July. In addition to Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, New Zealand, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Rwanda and South Korea, the list also includes two former Yugoslav republics: Serbia and Montenegro.

About 50 countries have been included in the “red” list and the borders will not be opened for them in a hurry. In addition to the United States, Russia, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are also on the list.

At the same time, the Austrian government will issue today an official warning against travel to the Western Balkans. The new instructions will be announced at a joint press conference of Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Rudolf Anschober, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Integration Minister Susanne Raab.

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The official website of the Austrian government says that the entire Western Balkans region, including Croatia and Slovenia, is included in the group of high-risk countries.

This aforementioned decision will be made to the increasing number of new infections throughout the region. In Serbia, 274 tested positive to the coronavirus yesterday. As it is holiday time, the government expects that tens of thousands of people working in Austria or coming from the Balkan region will travel to their countries of origin and will further complicate the situation.

The potential number of people from Austria who spend their holidays in the countries of the Western Balkans is high. More than 120,000 Serbian citizens live in Austria, plus about 30,000 from Kosovo and Metohija, just under 100,000 with a passport issued by Bosnia and Herzegovina and about 3,000 Albanian citizens.

(Blic, 01.07.2020)



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